The final tally of the Eagles 2013 MACH 10 Draft Challenge has been recounted and verified--- and veteran poster and Bored member Don Pardo wins the trophy in a photo finish.
Don Pardo gets the news he is a MACH 10 Champion from Lupes..
Don Pardo (center) consoles runners-up Boner (left) and Kenny Kenemeka (right) after the tightest race ever staged in the history of the MACH 10...
And what a race! Trying to get into Chip Kelly's head (as well as Howie Roseman's) proved to be a monumental task. Who knew that the guys Kelly would move up to get would turn out to be his collegiate opponents?
In the end, Don Pardo won by virtue of the time stamp of his ballot--- although all three finalists correctly picked two (2) new Eagles, Pardo got his entry into the box first...
It's a rare honor to be MACH 10 Champion... Don Pardo now joins the ranks of the elite posters who have experienced the past thrill of victory in what is arguably the toughest assignment in sports prognostication:
-Brozer8 (last year's champion)
-M. Fanny Harris
-M. Fanny Harris
Quite an honor roll...Many are called (34.8 entries this year), but few are chosen...
This celebration leads us to a lottery of another matter...
Jordan Raanan of the New Jersey Times has summed up what all of us are thinking about the QB mix in Philly:
Who's going to open the season for the Eagles at QB#1 when all is said and done?
"At last check new Eagles coach Chip Kelly had quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles "even" on the depth chart. Dennis Dixon was looking over their shoulders, taking some first-team reps at minicamp as well. "
Matt Barkley's going to shove his way into line somewhere, says Raanan. The fourth-round pick has plenty to prove after tumbling in the draft. Regardless, he'll be in the Eagles' quarterback mix this season, making it a crowded and notable QB crop.
Really, it's the question that will be following Kelly until he has a franchise quarterback definitively in place: Who is the Eagles' quarterback?
It's only May 1st but the candidates are finally in line. We know which QBs will be competing for the Eagles' starting job and whom they need to beat out in order to win it. So, obviously, says Raanan,it's time to handicap the race for first time of many. Raanan has set the odds for the Eagles' Week 1 starter:
Michael Vick: 3/2
Vick is the most experienced, proven quarterback of the bunch. He also may be the best fit for the offense Kelly would ideally like to run. As long as Vick is on the roster, he's likely to start. He would be an awfully expensive backup ($7 million) if not a starter. [EYE note--- ATV and I think Kelly is still shopping Vick around as trade bait---just sayin'...]
Nick Foles: 3/1
The smart money might go on Foles. He's going to be awarded a fair shot to beat out Vick for the starting job. Still, it's hard to see his skills fitting well with what Kelly wants to do offensively, and why the general consensus is the job for Week 1 will be Vick's. [EYE note---Jerky loves Foles, and with some good reason---he's a tough kid with the ability to learn from past mistakes. The question is how tolerant will Kelly be of any QB's continued learning curve?]
Matt Barkley: 15/1
The former USC star has never been a backup. Not even as a freshman in high school. You can't completely count him out, even though he's a fourth-round pick and unlikely to get many snaps with the first team in minicamps and early in training camp. [EYE note---I still see the bigger value in stockpiling this young talent for future reference in 2014---either as your fallback franchise guy or as possible trade bait for something really special...]
Dennis Dixon: 50/1
Dixon may know Kelly and his offense well, but he's played in just four games in his five-year NFL career. He spent last season as a fifth-year veteran on the Ravens practice squad. He's a longshot right now to even make the team, nevertheless start. [EYE note--- Dixon as a relief pitcher is a real possibility behind Vick and Foles--- I would not be surprised if Kelly keeps 3 QB's on the active roster on a weekly basis.]
G.J. Kinne: 1000/1
He's as likely to the be the Week 1 starter as Lane Johnson is to be making any more bear wrestling jokes. [EYE note---Do not discount this kid just yet---JB-Sage-Lion is very high on this kid's innate abilities, having watched him play at Tulsa... He may not be the opening day starter, but remember how Kurt Warner got his first start at St. Louis---when Trent Green got destroyed on a blindside blitz in a preseason game...]